Omnivore’s One Hundred

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
(Note: items linked are those I haven’t eaten and didn’t know what they were.)

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

What a weird list, combining exotics, high gourmet, and lowest common denominator crap (yeah, I don’t buy into the whole Krispy Kreme myth, even though I used to live in their heartland). Probably the most recent things I’ve had on the list are the goat curry and aloo gobi, when I went to an Indian buffet last week. 49 out of 100, not bad. Especially since in many cases it’s aiming for the extreme instead of things that actually taste good.

My strikeouts, 12 of them, are those things I know I won’t like, whether because they’re overly spicy, I can’t stand the flavor (beets), or they’re just nasty (cigar? clay?). I don’t drink coffee or much alcohol. And as for the teas — I’ve lived in England and the South for much of my life, and I still never developed a taste for “dried leaves boiled in water”, hot or iced.

I’d like to have tried more of the cheeses, but America has laws and a not very refined palette in that area. Crocodile and snake both seem a bit repetitive; if one of them had been ostrich I’d have an even 50. Most of the remaining items I’m willing to try if the opportunity arose, but I don’t see the need to seek them out. Still, some fun thinking about food. Here’s the author’s FAQ if you want to know more.

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4 Responses to “Omnivore’s One Hundred”

  1. Kelson Says:

    Regarding the cheeses: I don’t know if you have any Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in your area, but I’ve seen gjetost there.

    I discovered it at, of all places, Disney World (the restaurants at Epcot, where each section represents a country, are quite good, or at least they were when my family went in the mid-1990s). The Norwegian restaurant had it, and we asked what it was called, and from then on my parents actually bought it from time to time, though I’m not sure where they found it.

    I hadn’t had it in probably 10 years, partly because I’d forgotten its name, until I saw some at Whole Foods a few months ago and picked it up.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Is it worth seeking out? We have a Whole Foods near us opening tomorrow.

  3. Kelson Says:

    I’d say so. It’s got a sort of almost caramel taste, and it’s best eaten in thin slices. It goes well with crackers.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Sounds nice! Thanks.

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